Voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Jim Cummings, Keith David, Jennifer Lewis, John Goodman
Gorgeous. Old-fashioned. Lovely.
Well past Disney’s glorious ’90s renaissance, The Princess and the Frog was intended to be a throwback, and, at the time, hoped to be a rebirth for 2D animation. It failed on that score, and now, stands out as an outlier in a time dominated by 3D animation. It’s a shame because the animation in The Princess and the Frog is truly stunning. Tatiana (Noni Rose), a hard-working black girl in 1910’s New Orleans, gets caught up in visiting royalty, Prince Naveen’s misadventures. Turned into a frog by the sinister Doctor Facilier (David), Naveen promises to give her the money she needs to open a restaurant in exchange for a kiss, which should break the curse. Instead, she too becomes a frog, and the two set out to find kind voodoo priestess, Mama Odie, to make things right. The Princess and the Frog falls short of the lofty, iconic status of some of Disney’s finest, but Tatiana is a wonderful princess, the characters are memorable, the music is lively, and the visuals spectacular.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-